Denver celebrates Broncos' Super Bowl win

Posted at 8:55 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 16:10:01-05

DENVER (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people flooded a downtown park and a 1.5-mile-long parade route Tuesday to celebrate the Denver Broncos' first Super Bowl championship in 17 years.

The last time Denver won the Super Bowl in 1999, the downtown party drew an estimated 375,000 people. A year before that, when the Broncos won the Super Bowl for the first time, about 650,000 people showed up.

"Were probably expecting hundreds of thousands," said Mike Stott, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Hancock.

Tuesday's celebration started 12 p.m. with a concert featuring Colorado natives Big Head Todd and The Monsters, 3OH!3 and Funkiphino.

The parade stepped off at noon near Union Station, with fire trucks carrying players, coaches and general manager John Elway, who was quarterback the last time the Broncos won.

Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper was also in the parade.

Police spokesman Doug Schepman didn't talk about the specifics of security but said plenty of officers were present.

Alcohol and -- this being Colorado -- marijuana was be banned.

Fans began celebrating Sunday night as the clock ticked down on the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Scores of fans took to the streets in central Denver in a mostly peaceful but boisterous celebration.

The crowd became unruly at times, but officers for the most part watched from the sidewalk. Police reported a handful of arrests, mainly for criminal mischief.


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